Strange how some markets can influence designers. With his ready-to-wear line shown on the runway in New York City, Georges Chakra is bringing the best opf his design abilities to the fashion customer witha contemporary twist. This is, personnally, the line I prefer among his last collections. Here, he is introducing geometric patterns, light drapings, trompe-l’oeil sith metalmlic bars seeming to hold cocktail dresses and heis, at his best also in the colour palette. It is bright but not excessively shiny, energizing but not violent, strong and yet feminine.
The couture line shown in Paris this season must probably cater to the needs of a very targeted clientele mainly from the Middle-East. Mr. Chakra shows with the collection unveiled in Manhattan under the tents of Bryant Park, that he can also target another market to dive a new definition of high fashion in America.
Georges Chakra is a visionary designer who has lent his unique fashion sense to celebrities and style enthusiasts alike. Created back in 1985, his one-of-a-kind label has grown rapidly from a customized local workshop into an international fashion house.
Since 2002, the Lebanese couturier has been presenting twice a year his couture line during Paris Fashion Week in France in january and july. In February 2009, he has also launched, at New York Fashion Week, “Edition by Georges Chakra,” a luxurious ready-to-wear line for the contemprary and self-confident woman. This seems now to be the line in which he proposes most of his innovative ideas with reasonable characteristics of wearabiliy for elegant socialites.
Passionate about his work, Mr. Chakra is launching new trends and ideas with every season. His bold creativity has made his collections unpredictable. They have led him to create unique dresses for various royals as well as Hollywood celebrities, like Beyoncé, Carrie Underwood, Queen Latifah, Mariah Carey, Marcia Cross, Helen Mirren, Tyra Banks, and many others. Chakra’s haute couture collection was also featured in the 2006 hit movie The Devil Wears Prada, starring Academy Award winning actress Meryl Streep.
However great the buzz about couture, fashion in his ready-to-wear, is really more than various declinations of the handmade creations by the same designer. It is, no doubt, a patn to follow and the place where his real fashion is now taking place.
Jean Paul Cauvin
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